22. Above [the Manipura Chakra], in the heart, is the charming
[Anaahata] Lotus, of the shining color of the Bandhuka flower, with
the twelve letters beginning with Ka, of the color of vermilion,
placed therein. It is known by its name of Anaahata, and is like the
celestial wishing-tree [kalpa-taru], bestowing even more than the
supplicant's desire. The region of Vayu, beautiful and with six
corners, which is like smoke in color, is here.|
23. Meditate within it on the sweet and excellent Pavana Biija [i.e. Vaayu, whose Biija is "Yam"], gray as a mass of smoke, with four arms, and seated on a black antelope. And within it also meditate upon the Abode of Mercy, the Stainless Lord who is lustrous like the Sun [Hamsa], and whose two hands make the gestures which grant boons and dispel the fears of the three worlds [i.e. they form the vara and abhaya mudras].
24. Here dwells Kakini, who in color is yellow like new lightning [i.e. nava-tadit-piitaa, where there is more thunder than rain, and the lightning shows itself very vividly], exhilerated and auspicious; three-eyed and the benefactress of all. She wears all kinds of ornaments, and in Her four hands She carries the noose and the skull, and makes the sign of blessing and the sign which dispels fear. Her heart is softened with the drinking of nectar.
25. The Shakti whose tender body is like ten million flashes of lightning is in the pericarp of this Lotus in the form of a triangle [Trikona]. Inside the triangle is the Shiva-Linga known by the name of Baana. This Linga is like shining gold, and on his head is an orifice minute as that in a gem. He is the resplendent abode of Lakshmi.
26. Those who meditate on this Heart Lotus become like the Lord of Speech, and like Ishvara are able to protect and destroy the worlds. This Lotus is like the celestial wishing tree [sura-taru = kalpa- taru], the abode and seat of Sarva [Shiva]. It is beautified by the Hamsa [here referring to the Jiivaatma rather than the Sun], which is like the steady tapering flame of a lamp in a windless place. The filaments which surround and adorn its pericarp, illumined by the solar region, charm.
27. [The male meditator upon the Anahata Chakra], foremost among Yogis, is ever more beloved to women than those who are most beloved to them. [All who meditate upon Anahata become] preeminently wise and full of noble deeds. Their senses are completely under control. Their mind in its intense concentration is engrossed in thoughts of the Brahman. Their inspired speech flows like a stream of clear water. They are like the Diety who is the beloved of Lakshmi and are able at will to enter another's body [parapure].
From the Sat-Chakra-Nirupana
"The Heart Lotus is of the color of the Bandhuka flower [i.e scarlet], and on its twelve petals are the letters Ka to Tha [ka kha ga gha nga ja jha Cha cCha nja ta tha], with the Bindu above them of the color vermilion. In its pericarp is the hexagonal Vaayu-Mandala, of a smoky color, and above it Suurya-Mandala, with the Trikona lustrous as ten million flashes of lightning within it.
"Above it, the Vaaya-Biija, of a smoky hue, is seated on a black antelope, four-armed and carrying the goad [ankusa]. In his [Vaayu- Biija's] lap is three-eyed Iisha.Like Hamsa (Hamsaabha], His two arms extended in the gestures of granting boons and dispelling fear. "In the pericarp of this Lotus, seated on a red lotus, is the Shakti KAKINI [Kaakinii]. She is four-armed and carries the noose [paasha], the skull [kapaala], and makes the boon [vara] and fear-dispelling [abhaya] signs. She is of a golden hue, is dressed in yellow raiment, and wears every variety of jewel and a garland of bones. Her heart is softened by nectar.
"In the middle of the Trikona is Shiva in the form of a Baana-linga, with the crescent moon and Bindu on his head. He is of a golden color. He looks joyous with a rush of desire [kaamodgamollasita]. Below him is the Jiivaatma like Hamsa. It is like the steady tapering flame of a lamp. Below the pericarp of this Lotus is the red lotus of eight petals, with its head upturned. It is in this red lotus that there are the Kalpa Tree, [and a] jewelled altar surmounted by an awning and decorated by flags and the like, which is the place of mental worship."
From The Serpent Power, by Sir John Woodroffe, 1919
"There are seven spinning wheels of energy in you. If you pay attention to the actions given below carefully and remember them, you will experience these spinning wheels. ...
"4. Anahata, the wheel of unconditional love. There is a 12 petal wheel circulating in the air around the chest. It has yellows and greens, the colors of vegetation.
"From here to the crown, the sound of "Yang" [Yam] spreads; say it seven times. By sharing our powers with others, we enter this wheel of unconditional love. We give because it is our nature to share; we give without expecting any returns whatsoever. This wheel brings unbounded prosperity to you, which grows more and more by giving."
From Seeing Goddess, by Sri Amritananda Natha Saraswati, 1998